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Our Gurus Padmaja Kelam and Siddarth Kelam are dedicated
to preserving and promoting the classical dance forms of
India through instructional classes and performances.

Padmaja Kelam

A consummate artiste, a dancer par excellence, an acclaimed nattuvanar, a choreographer non-pareil and a gifted teacher are just few of the accolades that aptly describe Smt. Padmaja Kelam, the Director of Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy.

Siddarth Kelam

Guru Siddarth Kelam comes from a background of dance and music. He has been trained in Bharata Natyam from his father Sudershan Kelam first and then continued his training under his mother Padmaja Kelam.

My daughter has been learning dance from Padmaja Kelam for over 6 years now. We did our due diligence before we came to Kalaivani Academy and Padmaja and Siddarth’s instruction has exceeded our expectations. Padmaja is not just a teacher, she is a mentor who focuses on the holistic development of the dancer.

Sumana Mougal, Student Parent

Passionate, driven, demanding, talented, caring, genuine, these are some words that come to mind when we think of guru Padmaja. Our daughter Aditi learned Bharatanatyam from her for over ten years and it is hard to overstate Padmaja's role in Aditi's development not only as a dancer, but also as a person.

Deepak and Priya, Student Parents

Our association with Kalaivani Dance Academy has been a truly remarkable experience. Our daughter has benefited immensely from the quality of instruction and discipline imparted by Padmaja, Siddarth, and all the senior students.

Ganesh K. Student Parent

Being a student of Kalaivani Dance Academy from the beginning of my dance journey has shaped me as an individual. Padmaja aunty and Siddarth anna are extremely talented and they both have shaped me as a dancer and have a way of dealing with students that is unmatchable.

Padmini Sangaraju, Student

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